Adding 2D and 3D Hyperlinks to Converted PDF

For a related note which shows how to add annotation labels, please see Adding 3D Annotation Labels to a 3D PDF Scene

PDF3D ReportGen and PDF3D.IO development SDK can be used to convert over 90 file formats to 3D PDF.

Using PDF3D advanced methods, text elements with hyperlinks out to external URLs can be added on the normal 2D PDF page, or for 3D objects, links can be added to parts in the 3D model hierarchy, with destinations as external URL, another local document, or another page inside the same PDF.

This method involves getting the basic conversion setup in ReportGen, Exporting State to a .pdf3dsettings file, inserting additional XML tags in this file, then reloading. To start:

  1. Set up your desired conversion settings and export your .pdf3dsettings state file

  1. Using a text editor (Notepad or Notepad++ are sufficient), load your exported state file

  1. To insert hyperlinks on a 3D page , insert tags under conversion settings, e.g.
    <!-- Double Wishbone -->
    <GotoURL node="7" comparison="Strong" url="" useBrowser="true"/>

Alternatively on a 2D page:

    <DrawHyperLink url=""
                   text="See PDF3D Technical Publishing Technology Website"
                   bottom="8" left="140" />
  1. You may now reload your modified state file back into PDF3D ReportGen or PDF3D.IO development SDK and run your conversion.